Quick thinking action by Parliament Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers resulted in the gunman being killed on the spot, although it is thought that as many as two other gunmen may have been involved. The killer was wearing an Arabic scarf bandit style over his face and the Canadians were quick to make the connection with radical Islamic terror. Sure enough, it didn't take more than a few hours to find out that Michael Zehef-Bibeau, a recent convert to Islam was the shooter. Zehef-Bibeau had his passport confiscated earlier for plans to travel to the Middle East to participate in jihad.
Just this past Monday another convert, radicalized and similarly desirous of travel to the Middle East with passport revoked, murdered a Canadian soldier when he hit him with his car and then shot him to death as he suffered helplessly on the road. This suspect, Martin Rouleau, has not been apprehended yet and is thought to possibly now be in the United States.
This latest tragedy involving Islamic jihad shows vividly just how dangerous our own citizenry can be when they have no moral compass and are swayed by what they see as the glamor of nomadic, murderous Islamic terror. In the United States and Canada there are thousands of young immigrants from countries such as Somalia and other African and Middle East nations who are developing a dangerous devotion to radical Islam through the teachings of radical clerics who have free reign in our society. While our government puts pressures on our Christian ministers to conform to lifestyle issues which we deem both immoral and ungodly, the radical Islamic mosques are becoming hot beds of hate and discontent while law enforcement looks the other way. This is being shown to be clearly dangerous to our society, yet it continues on.
But at least Canada has quickly recognized the connection in this incident to Islamic terror, while our President continues to avoid facing the reality of who is responsible for so much of what has happened in America. At some point he must come to grips with the fact that atrocities labeled as workplace violence or man called disasters such as the Fort Hood shootings by Major Hasan or the beheading in Oklahoma are nothing more than the actions of hate permeating a portion of Islamic society. Political correctness and looking the other way will never solve any of our problems generated by hate; only the truth, the real truth can do so.
And one other thing has been pointed out clearly by this event. Gun control doesn't work. Canada has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world yet a young radicalized and troubled man obviously had little difficulty getting a weapon with which to kill. Had one concealed carry citizen been nearby, perhaps the situation would have ended with a soldier standing his post at a Canadian national shrine still being alive this morning. I think that's something to think about.
Our prayers go out to the families of the two dead Canadian soldiers and may God grant healing and peace to their families. And may Americans and Canadians all redouble our efforts to insure that both of our lands are kept peaceful by governments that honor the will of the people, not fall under the spell of political hype. Freedom carries responsible, let's all do our part to maintain and strengthen it.